On 6 June 1859 Queen Victoria approved Queensland’s separation from New South Wales to form a new colony. It wasn’t until the 10th of December that year, that Queensland’s first Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen arrived in Brisbane to officially proclaim the Colony of Queensland.
Less than a year later in April and May 1860 Queensland held its first election, with 26 Members elected to the Legislative Assembly.
Today Queensland’s Parliament is made up of 89 Members of the Legislative Assembly, each representing an electorate of approximately 28,000 people.
While Queensland is still relatively young, it has an interesting history. The Queensland Parliament has a great website for schools and children (or even curious adults) explaining more about thehistory of Queensland Parliament and today’s Legislative Assembly.
If your school is learning about Parliament you may also be interested in visiting What’s on in Parliament or having Tim come to your school to talk about the responsibilities of Queensland Parliament. For more information contact the electorate office.
- Parliament and Government in Qld Level 1 (Primary)
- Parliament and Government in Qld Level 2 (Secondary)
- Parliament and Government in Qld Level 3 (Tertiary)